What Jesus Did! 'Live Forever?' — John 6:57-59

Monday, May 14, 2018

[Jesus said,] "I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever." He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
— John 6:57-59 NLT
Illustration of John 6:57-59 NLT — "I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me.

Key Thought

Our power comes from a living Lord who was sent to us by the living Father! He gives us his power. He blesses us with his life. We will not die! But how is this so? Won't we surely die? Of course, our physical bodies will die. However, there is a part of us that will never die. We belong to Christ. When our physical bodies die, we go to be with him. When Christ comes again, we will be given new immortal bodies and go to be with him and with all those who are his, forever. No bread can give us this kind of life except the true bread from heaven: Jesus Christ, God's Son!

Today's Prayer

Father, please bless those on my heart who are struggling with broken, aging, and diseased physical bodies. We often find it hard to deal with our mortal physical bodies. However, dear God, please help those on my heart not to lose faith in Jesus' promise that the real and lasting part of them will never die. Give them courage and hope as they face the roughest part of their physical journey on their way to the best part of their spiritual journey. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 11:17-26
  • 2 Corinthians 4:6-8
  • John 8:51-52

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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